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July 12, 2000
Concerned with a recent rash of power outages at area hospitals, Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty will meet with hospital and utility officials this afternoon. Within the last few weeks there were outages at Women & Infants Hospital and Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. Fogarty says the Memorial outage was particularly troubling because the hospital's backup system failed.
In the most serious incident, a patient on life support died during an outage last fall at Rhode Island Hospital. Fogarty says he wants status reports on each hospital's electrical system and backup system to ensure that every health care facility will be able to adequately continue functioning during an emergency situation.
-- (Dee360Degree@aol.com), July 12, 2000